There’s two things that always gel together nicely, compliment each other just perfectly. (Stereotypically speaking that is). Pretty girls and flash cars.
The problem is though, in reality, without sounding hugely patronising and bitchy. Most women like nice cars, but they have no clue about them from a technical perspective. Working in a garage for almost 4 years I witness this on a daily basis, and it is utterly painful to watch.
So I gathered as a fellow female who admires good looking expensive (fast) cars, but whom has the advantage of some technical knowledge. I can help educate other females about their cars or potentially buying cars. It’s soooo easy to get fucked over if you don’t know what your talking about.
I don’t want to throw anybody in the deep end. I won’t start talking about timing chains and seized engines just yet (although if you don’t top up your oil you will seize your engine it isn’t a bad joke). I will ease you in gently, here are my top maintenance tips for female car owners everywhere;
1. Maintain yo shit
Please please please do yourself a favour and service & MOT your vehicle at least once a year (if you do extreme high mileage change the oil at every 10k miles) . MOT is required by law once a year, on every car which is older than 3 years. But it does not check serviceable items such as engine, clutch or gearboxes. It is just to check the road worthiness of a vehicle from a safety perspective. So yes. Your car does need to be serviced once a year.
2. Shop smart
Don’t just go to a main dealer and pay £500 for an oil service. Shop around, Google local garages that have a good reputation online (check reviews). And pile up some estimates, see which garages offer deals that suit you best and seem trustworthy. I would advise if you are unsure, go somewhere middle of the road. Not a main dealer which charges the earth to carry out basic checks, and not a back street garage with 2 technicians and no diagnostic equipment. An independent specialist garage should do the trick.
3. Ignorance is not bliss
I know we all lead terribly busy lives but if you see a red warning light stop driving you imbecile. Yellow indicates an advisory warning, red, means danger. Stop pull over. Google whatever light is on the dashboard, call a garage and ask whether they would advise you to continue driving. For example, if it is something more serious like an engine warning light or an oil warning light. Do not drive, you run the risk of causing further damage to the vehicle.
4. Competence is key
As women we are so independant with everything we do these days, so don’t let cars show you up. Learn basic things like how to open your bonnet & manually check the oil. Because in emergency situations you will be glad you know these little tricks – they could save your car, your life, and a whole load of money too. For example, when you go to fill up your fuel, you can check your tyre pressures and fill them yourself (the recommended psi for your car should be contained in the owners manual, or on a sticker usually inside one of the doors). Just simple small baby steps will help you in the long run!
I hope these tips are helpful!! If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me…